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. . >>> prime minister abe and barack obama are expected to meet in washington. u.s. ties gave us his perspective on the important issues facing the alliance. michael green served on the white house national security council as director of asian affairs under the bush administration. he spoke with nhk world. >> strategically, the u.s. and japan have a common interest in setting a high standard for transparency, rule of law and market access. >> michael green believes japan has a lot to gain by joining negotiations for the transpacific partnership free trade agreement or ttp. he says it would improve the country's standing with the u.s. and within asia. and he says it would send a message that prime minister shinzo abe and his liberal democratic party have the will to act. >> the upper house election in july makes this politically complicated for the ldp, but i think there needs to be some momentum. when countries assess the national power of another country, one important source of power is will power. the ability to take steps to address the national interest, to strengthen the count
john kerry is president obama's choice for the next secretary of state. he has been quizzed by senators ahead of his recommendation. >> the issues like climate change and fighting disease are also priorities. he's expected to easily win approval for the job from the senate. to syria where authorities have called for a million-man prayer at mosques on friday in an effort to stem anti-regime demonstrations. >> the embattled president was also shown on state television praying with syria's spiritual leader to mark the birthday of the prophet mohammad. the fighting around damascus and other cities continues. a french woman who faced 60 years in a mexican jail on kidnapping charges is back in france. >> the 38-year-old was welcomed in paris by relatives and supporters. a mexican supreme court ruling on wednesday found that local police violated her human rights during their original investigation seven years ago when she was convicted and jailed for helping her husband run a kidnapping ring. the rhetoric from north korea is getting uglier. the country's military bowling to carry out more roc
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